During winter, cold temperatures stress the body, leading to the release of cortisol and other stress hormones that hinder insulin’s effectiveness, causing elevated blood sugar levels.
Additionally, increased flu cases in winter trigger a similar stress response, further exacerbating blood glucose levels. Dr V Mohan, Chairman, Dr Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre in Chennai, gives tips on connection between Diabetes and cold weather.
Other factors that increase blood sugar:
Challenging Outdoor Activities: Cold weather conditions make it difficult to maintain outdoor physical activity.
Impact of Winter Snacks: Consuming hot snacks like Vada, Bonda, and Samosa, common in winter,leading to spike in sugar levels.
Festive Season Challenges: Holidays like Deepavali, Christmas, and New Year not only disrupt meal plans but also is vacation time.
Cold weather can also increase chances of gangrene, foot-related infections.
How to manage diabetes during cold weather
Find indoor exercises or activities to stay active.
Cold weather can affect blood sugar levels. Monitor frequently.
Opt for balanced meals with controlled portions.
Watch your diet during holiday, festive seasons.
Keeping warm can help your body regulate blood sugar levels.
Engage in stress-reducing activities.
Drink plenty of fluids, as cold weather can lead to dehydration, affecting blood sugar levels.
Consult with your healthcare provider to adjust insulin or other diabetes medications as needed.